Former Kenyan president Moi to be buried Feb. 12

Moi’s body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday until Monday, before a memorial service on Tuesday in the Nyayo national stadium in the capital Nairobi, officials said.
A person reads a newspaper article the death of former Kenya’s president Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi on February 4, 2020. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi who died on Tuesday at 95 will be buried on February 12 and honoured with a state funeral, the government said Thursday.

Moi ruled the country with an iron fist between 1978 and 2002.

Moi’s body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday until Monday, before a memorial service on Tuesday in the Nyayo national stadium in the capital Nairobi, officials said.

“The former president will be accorded a state funeral with full civilian and military ceremonial honours,” said Joseph Kinyua, Kenya’s Head of Public Service. Tuesday has been declared a national holiday.

“We encourage each and every Kenyan to plant a tree in his memory,” Kinyua said.

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His body will be buried the next day in his home area of Kabarak, 220 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Nairobi.

Moi’s 24-year rule saw his country become a one-party state where critical voices were crushed, corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody. 

Moi was however praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in east Africa.


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